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October 11, 2014

News from Harvard Book Store



news1Funny and Foodie   


Whew! Tickets for our upcoming Amy Poehler book talk sold out almost instantaneously, reminiscent of another recent (and brisk) sellout. What a thrill -- we will have hosted the woman who famously played Hillary Clinton on SNL, and Hillary Clinton herself, within months.   




If you blinked and missed out on Amy tickets, be sure to snap up seats for Megan Amram, a writer for Amy's show Parks and Recreation, and a Twitter superstar in her own right. Tickets go on sale Tuesday.   


We'll be trying out something new for ticketing with our upcoming event for Blood, Bones & Butter author and chef Gabrielle Hamilton, in conversation with Boston's own Joanne Chang. For one week only, before the $5 tickets go on sale, we'll be offering ticket pre-sales (online only) that include a copy of Hamilton's new cookbook, Prune. Beat the rush for tickets and reserve your copy of the book, starting October 21! Learn more here



news2Leading Public Thinkers   


Throughout October and November, we'll be hosting some of the leading public thinkers writing today.  


On Thursday we'll bring poet, essayist, and feminist Katha Pollitt to the Brattle Theatre for Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights. ($5 tickets on sale now.) 


"Over the years, I've been outsourcing my thinking on a host of subjects to Katha Pollitt." 

--Barbara Ehrenreich


In November, Karen Armstrong will present Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence, her sweeping exploration of religion and the history of human violence. We'll then host scholars Jack Miles and James Robson to commemorate the publication of the breathtaking new Norton Anthology of World Religions, in a talk titled "Of Daoist Flights and Chinese Fantasies." Learn more about all our upcoming ticketed events, and purchase your tickets, here.


Our Friday Forum series continues throughout the fall with a robust lineup. Join us on Friday afternoons at 3pm during the academic year as we highlight scholarly books in a wide range of fields, from the collapse of the Berlin Wall to Harry Belafonte's role as a civil rights advocate.   



news3Nobel Prize in Literature  


Just this week, Patrick Modiano was named the Winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature. Our congratulations to local publisher David R. Godine, the American publisher of Modiano's in-print work!


We have limited stock of Modiano's titles Honeymoon and Catherine Certitude, and more copies of Missing Person on the way. Here's staffer Serena with an armful! 


It looks like Serena is a prizewinner herself in this photo, with a
triumphant bouquet of literature. Is there a Nobel for bookselling?




news4How Do You Like Them Apples?     


It's leaf-peeping and apple-picking season! Come on by and pick up some relevant reading material.   





Thanks for reading,


New on Our Shelvesnewshelves
Some Luck:
A Novel
by Jane Smiley


Knopf, hardcover

From the winner of the Pulitzer Prize comes this powerful, engrossing new novel -- the life and times of a remarkable family over three transformative decades. Some Luck is the first part of an epic trilogy -- a literary adventure that will span a century in America.

Alice + Freda Forever:
A Murder in Memphis
by Alexis Coe


Pulp/Zest Books, hardcover
In 1892, Alice Mitchell had planned to pass as a man in order to marry her fiancée Freda Ward, but but they were discovered, and were forbidden from ever speaking again. Alice + Freda Forever recounts this tragic, real-life love story with love letters, maps, artifacts, historical documents, newspaper articles, and courtroom proceedings.

Absolute Recoil:
Towards a New Foundation of Dialectical Materialism 
by Slavoj Zizek


Verso, hardcover

Absolute Recoil is a startling reformulation of the basis and possibilities of contemporary philosophy. While focusing on how to overcome the transcendental approach without regressing to naïve, pre-Kantian realism, Zizek offers a series of excursions into today's political, artistic, and ideological landscape.

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Kids & Young Adult
Sebastian and the Balloon
by Philip C. Stead


Roaring Brook Press, hardcover

On a boring day, on a dull street, Sebastian sat high atop his roof --something he was never supposed to do. When he launched himself into the air in his balloon made of Grandma's afghans and patchwork quilts, his journey took on a life of its own and his boring day turned into the adventure of a lifetime. 

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Remainders are bargain books, new books at used-book prices. We have a limited number of copies of these titles, so if you see something that you're interested in, come in and check it out soon. To see more of our Remainders section, visit our Remainders page.
Super Sad True Love Story
by Gary Shteyngart
$4.99, paperback (originally $16.00)

In the near future, America is crushed by a financial crisis and our patient Chinese creditors may be ready to foreclose. Then Lenny Abramov, ardent fan of "printed, bound media artifacts" (aka books), meets Eunice Park, a Korean American woman with a major in Images and a minor in Assertiveness. Could falling in love redeem a planet falling apart?
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Rendezvous with Destiny:
How Franklin D. Roosevelt and Five Extraordinary Men Took America into the War and into the World
by Michael Fullilove
$7.99, hardcover (originally $29.95)

In the dark days between Hitler's invasion of Poland in September 1939 and Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, FDR sent five men on dangerous missions to Europe. The missions were highly unorthodox but they were crucial to the course of the Second World War.
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Isabella and Leonardo:
The Artistic Relationship between Isabella d'Este and Leonardo da Vinci, 1500 - 1506
by Francis Ames-Lewis
$9.99, hardcover (originally $55.00)

Isabella d'Este, the marchioness of Mantua, was a collector of antiquities, a patron of art, and one of the most vivid personalities of the Italian Renaissance. Isabella and Leonardo explores her artistic relationship with Leonardo da Vinci, examining the letters they exchanged over the course of six years.
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Recentused Finds in the Used Department


Featured used books go fast, so if any titles interest you, stop in to check them out soon. We will hold the book if you are the first caller to reserve it. To reserve a book, call (617) 661-1515 and ask for our Used Department. We're also always looking for books to buy. Learn about selling your used books, including textbooks, here.
Christian Metaphysics and Neoplatonism
by Albert Camus

Originally published by the University of Missouri Press in 2007

$95.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

Christian Metaphysics and Neoplatonism remains one of Camus' least-read works, yet it marks his first attempt to understand the relationship between Greek philosophy and Christianity as he charted the transition from Hellenism to Christianity. 

The Undiscovered Expressionist:

A Life of Marie-Louise von Motesiczky

by Jill Loyd

Originally published by Yale University Press in 2007

$30.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

Toward the end of her life, Viennese artist Marie-Louise von Motesiczky at last gained recognition as one of Austria's most important 20th-century painters. This book celebrates Motesiczky's work and situates the artist in the troubled history of her times.

Romanticism in the Shadow of War:

Literary Culture in the Napoleonic War Years

by Jeffrey N. Cox

Originally published by Cambridge University Press in 2014

$65.00 (hardcover) in Very Good condition

Jeffrey N. Cox reconsiders the history of British Romanticism, seeing the work of Byron, the Shelleys, and Keats responding not only to the "first generation" Romantics led by Wordsworth, but more directly to the cultural innovations of the Napoleonic War. 

Upcoming Events  


Tickets on Sale Now:    

» Katha Pollitt (Oct 16)
» Cornel West (Oct 23)
» Alan Doyle (Oct 29)
» Anne Rice (Signing, Nov 4, Tickets Online Only)


Tickets on Sale Oct 14:  

» Megan Amram (Nov 10)


All Upcoming Events Google Calendar 

Francis Fukuyama

Mon, Oct 13, 7PM

Francis Fukuyama discusses Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy.
At Harvard Book Store
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Bob Ryan

Tues, Oct 14, 6PM

Boston Globe sports reporter Bob Ryan discusses his memoir Scribe: My Life in Sports in conversation with Bill Littlefield, NPR and WBUR's sports show, Only a Game.
At the Brattle Theatre
$5 tickets
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Hillary L. Chute

Tues, Oct 14, 7PM

University of Chicago's Hillary L. Chute discusses Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists and the latest issue of Critical Inquiry on "Comics & Media."
At Harvard Book Store
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Linda Rottenberg

Wed, Oct 15, 7PM

Cofounder and CEO of Endeavor Linda Rottenberg discusses Crazy Is a Compliment: The Power of Zigging When Everyone Else Zags.
At Harvard Book Store
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Katha Pollitt

Thurs, Oct 16, 6PM

Award-winning essayist, poet, and columnist for the Nation Katha Pollitt discusses Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, co-sponsored by the Jewish Women's Archive.
At the Brattle Theatre
$5 tickets
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Naomi Klein

Thurs, Oct 16, 7PM

Cambridge Forum presents Naomi Klein discussing This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate.
At the First Parish Church
Registration required
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Mary Elise Sarotte

Fri, Oct 17, 3PM

Harvard's Mary Elise Sarotte presents The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall.
At Harvard Book Store
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Eric Nelson

Fri, Oct 17, 7PM

Harvard's Eric Nelson discusses his revisionist account of the American Revolution, The Royalist Revolution: Monarchy and the American Founding.
At Harvard Book Store
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Author Event Info 



Continuing this fall, featured event books at Harvard Book Store author talks are 20% off on the day of the event. Thank you for supporting this author series with your purchases.


Tickets & Coupons 

$5 tickets are also coupons good for $5 off a purchase at Harvard Book Store. 


The Harvard Square Book Circle

Mon, Oct 27, 7PM    

The next selection for our monthly in-store book club discussion is Robert Graves' 1929 autobiography, Good-bye to All That.
At Harvard Book Store
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